Week 3 got out to a tough start as we saw one of the best, if not the best running backs go down with a hamstring injury. Luckily, we have plenty of players to help you fill in if you lost Christian McCaffrey along with those you can add as the season is coming along and offenses are starting to make sense to us.

All my waiver-wire targets are taken from CBS and are owned 60% or less of leagues.

Sam Darnold, Quarterback, Carolina Panthers (51% Owned)

Who would have known that leaving Adam Gase would be so much better? We all did! It seems like anyone who leaves Adam Gase goes on to succeed. Sam Darnold has been on a roll through three weeks with the Carolina Panthers. He’s thrown for over 275 yards and has six total touchdowns. This kid is on fire, and with Christian McCaffrey going down, this offense is going to continue to rely on its passing game.

Taylor Heinicke, Quarterback, Washington FT (13% Owned)

Taylor Heinicke has been filling in well over a the last two weeks since he took over for the injured Ryan Fitzpatrick. In his two starts he has scored over 25 fantasy points in both games and that should continue into week 4 against the Atlanta Falcons.

Chuba Hubbard, Running Back, Carolina Panthers (44% Owned)

Christian McCaffrey is the first true stud to go down this season and we know how Carolina handled it last year when Mike Davis was thrown in. Hubbard ran the ball 11 times for 52 yards and caught three of his five targets for 27 yards. The Panthers showed no fear in giving the ball to Hubbard and he should be viewed as a low-end RB2 while McCaffrey is out and is my top priority this week.

Peyton Barber, Running Back, Las Vegas Raiders (7% Owned)

Just writing this feels disgusting. I never thought I would be writing Peyton Barber’s name here. When Josh Jacobs went down we all thought it would be Kenyan Drake taking the lead…. yeah that didn’t age well. On Sunday Barber had 26 touches for 142 total yards and a touchdown. As long as Jacobs is out week 4, Barber could be a RB1 against the Chargers who just gave up 18.9 half PPR points to Clyde Edwards-Helaire in week 3.


Royce Freeman, Running Back, Carolina Panthers (1% Owned)

If you miss out on Hubbard or know you won’t get him, Freeman is not a bad consolation. He will serve as the RB2 behind Hubbard but could also have the chance to take over. The 2018 third-round pick may just find his time to shine.

Emmanuel Sanders, Wide Receiver, Buffalo Bills (59% Owned)

Since the beginning of the season, Emmanuel Sanders was on the brink of “breaking out” in the Buffalo Bills’ offense at the ripe age of 34. On Sunday, Josh Allen was finally able to connect with Sanders for five catches, 94 yards and two touchdowns. The downfield targets will keep on coming as the Bills are a very pass-happy team. Sanders could be a WR3 going forward.

Tim Patrick, Wide Receiver, Denver Broncos (60% Owned)

After this week Patrick should not make this list as he caught all five of his targets for 98 yards. So much for K.J. Hamler (out for the year with a torn ACL) breaking out as Patrick was the deep threat this week connecting on receptions of 31, 27 and 24 yards. For as long as Jerry Jeudy is out, Patrick is his direct fill in.

Tyler Conklin, Tight End, Minnesota Vikings (4% Owned)

Waiver-wire tight end is never fun to play on a weekly basis, but when you have a week where you receive eight targets, you have my attention. Conklin finished with seven receptions for 70 yards and a touchdown. If you’re steaming the position, Conklin is your man for week 4.

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